Binghamton City School District celebrates Adult Education & Alternate High School graduates

Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 12:15 AM EDT
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CITY OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - June 23 over at United Presbyterian Church, Binghamton City School District held its Adult Education and Alternate High School graduation. In total, 32 students received high school diplomas.

“You’ve made great strides to better yourself for your future and each of you have your own individual journey,” said Dr. Tonia Thompson, the superintendent for Binghamton City School District. “I hope each of you are as proud of yourselves as I, your family, friends, and teachers are.”

Oral Marriott is the program director and talked with 12 News about the subjects taught to get to this point. “In math, science, social studies, reading, and writing. Everything that they would need to take and pass their GED test and get a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma,” he said.

To take the GED test, Marriott said the learning process is individualized to each student’s educational journey. “If you learned a lot in high school, then the process is quicker because you have a lot of background knowledge. On average, you know, maybe six months to a year,” he said.

Hilda Hernandez was one of the graduates to get a diploma June 23. “I had dropped out when I was 17 and I felt like it was long overdue. I have my son so I just wanted to continue my school and go further,” she said. Hernandez said her hope is that this ceremony is a life lesson for her son, which is to never give up and that it’s never too late to achieve any dream.

“You can do it. If someone else can do it, you can do it. That’s what I tell all of my students,” said Marriott.

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